Sustainability

Education for Sustainable Development 

Sustainability-themed modules

Curriculum audit

The University offers a wide range of taught modules with environmental content and undertakes an annual curriculum audit to review and report on the progress of integration of education for sustainable development into the curriculum.

The last audit took place during Summer 2019. The Audit of Sustainability in the Curriculum is received and reviewed at a strategic level by the Sustainability Steering Group and the Academic Board.

Taught modules with environmental content:

School of Life Sciences

School of Life Sciences

  • BS111 Plant Biology and Ecosystems
  • BS112 Marine Ecology
  • BS113 Animal Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour
  • BS114 Marine Biology Field Skills
  • BS215 Environmental Biology and Eco-physiology Field Course
  • BS241 Ecology: Populations and Communities
  • BS243 Biodiversity and Conservation
  • BS251 Marine Biodiversity
  • BS255 Coral Reef Biology
  • BS256 Tropical Marine Field Research Skills
  • BS303 Estuarine and Coastal Ecology Field Module
  • BS307 Oceanography and Marine Conservation
  • BS344 Pollution: Impacts and Management
  • BS346 Conservation Management and Practice
  • BS352 Freshwater Ecology
  • BS354 Fisheries Ecology
  • BS832 Research Project in Ecological and Marine Sciences
  • BS705 Tropical Marine Resources
  • BS706 Tropical Marine Systems
  • BS707 Methods in Tropical Marine Biology
  • BS708 Professional Skills in Tropical Marine Biology

Essex Business School

Essex Business School

  • BE422 Business and International Development (some sessions)
  • BE439 Business Ethics (some sessions)
  • BE467 Managing for Ethics and Sustainability
  • BE876 Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation and Impact (some relevance)

School of Law

School of Law

  • LW219 Selected Issues in Public International Law (some sessions)
  • LW941 Corporate Responsibility and Business Law

School of Philosophy and Art History 

School of Philosophy and Art History

  • AR943 Urban Heritage and Sustainability
  • AR219 (Landscape / Nature)
  • AR915 Focused on acquisition of an environmental artwork
  • CS200 Social Entrepreneurs, Sustainability and Community Action
  • CS201 The World in Question: The Social, Cultural and Political Legacies of the Enlightenment
  • CS300 Community Engagement: Group Projects

Department of Economics

Department of Economics 

  • EC383 Environmental Economics

Department of Government

Department of Government

  • GV253 Analysing Policy Disclosure

Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

  • LT904 The New Nature Writing
  • LT975 Wild Writing
  • LT978 Literature and the Environmental Imagination: 19th to 20th Century Poetry and Prose

Department of Sociology

Department of Sociology

  • SC361 American Society: Ethnic Encounters in the making of the US

Summer School in Sustainable Practice

The Summer School in Sustainable Practice is an annual 2-week intensive course, aimed at providing students with a broad introduction to key concepts and ideas in the theory and practice of sustainability.

Upon completion, students receive the Certificate in Sustainable Practice, which will appear on their Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).

The course is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students.

If you are a first or second year student, completing the Summer School will count as 50 points towards the Big Essex Award, which you can collect retrospectively in September.

This year's course has now been completed. Keep an eye on this page for next year's course.

Key concepts addressed in this course

  • Climate change
  • Circular economy
  • Nature, health and well-being
  • Conserving biodiversity
  • Resilience
  • Permaculture design
  • Organic and local food
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable transport 
  • Materials awareness
  • Overcoming ecological estrangement 
  • Waste
  • Emissions reduction
  • Ecosystem services

UoE Sustainability on social media:

Sustainability Team
Sustainability Team
Daisy Malt Sustainability Engagement Officer
Telephone: 01206872826